Architecture Biennial in A Coruña

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A Coruña (EFE).- The San Agustín market in A Coruña is the setting for the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, which aims to reflect its “transformative action over time.”

This is what one of the curators of this edition, Ángel Martínez García-Posada, explained to EFE, who recalled that the Biennial “is a kind of recent tradition” that records “the moment that Spanish architecture is going through.”

On this occasion, as it passes through A Coruña, where it will remain until June 1, the exhibition arrives under the motto ‘Me-dio Term’ which, he detailed, “alludes to the condition of architecture to think about a transformation in the time”.

The architects María González García (i), Juan José López de la Cruz (i) and Ángel Martínez García (d) pose for EFE in the San Agustín market in A Coruña, where the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism is taking place. EFE/Caballar

“Now that architecture has overcome contexts of various crises, it must begin to think not only about what is urgent but about a vocation for change and transformation of cities, like a Trojan horse,” he said.

This “transformative action over time” can be seen in the 20 award-winning projects in the ‘Works’ category that will be exhibited in San Agustín, where there is also space for the other 30 panels of the finalist proposals.

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San Agustín market scene

This is also why the Biennial, convened by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Agenda, has chosen this A Coruña food market as its setting: “Galicia’s projects are very sensitive to the context and we think that bringing this exhibition to the market would be a way to bring architecture closer to the people.”

The San Agustín market was designed by Santiago Rey Pedreira and Antonio Tenreiro in 1932, one of the few works in the city that is included in the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement catalog (Docomomo).

Martínez has stated that in this event there are five horizons of Spanish architecture, which are “new programs, common actions, local roots, constructive logics and precise scales”, which explore new ways of organizing spaces, establishing constructive logics and revaluing public spaces. .

The architects María González García (i), Juan José López de la Cruz (i) and Ángel Martínez García (d) pose for EFE in the San Agustín market in A Coruña, where the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism is taking place.The architects María González García (i), Juan José López de la Cruz (i) and Ángel Martínez García (d) pose for EFE in the San Agustín market in A Coruña, where the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism is taking place.
The architects María González García (i), Juan José López de la Cruz (i) and Ángel Martínez García (d) pose for EFE in the San Agustín market in A Coruña, where the XVI Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism is taking place. EFE/Caballar

“In architecture, the present that is projected towards the future converges, always with a tradition that is linked to the local,” analyzed the Sevillian architect, curator along with María González García and Juan José López de la Cruz of a Biennial that shows architecture as a tool to reverse the impact on the ecosystem.

Until June 1, visitors will be able to enter a kind of “time box” in which the projects are presented, but “drawers with objects and documents” of the entire process are also shown, a way to “peek” into intrahistory, he commented.

Furthermore, on May 16, Ángel Martínez has announced, there will be a round table with award-winning architectural teams and local architects to talk “about the ability of architecture to adapt to local nuances from construction.”

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